Jerry Tillery not at Chargers’ OTAs, Brandon Staley says he needs to earn a role

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Chargers defensive lineman Jerry Tillery has been a disappointment since he was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, and head coach Brandon Staley is looking for Tillery to prove he deserves a role on the defense this season.

Tillery, however, did not attend the start of voluntary Organized Team Activities, and Staley contrasted Tillery with players on the Chargers’ defense who have already proven themselves but are still showing up for voluntary work.

“He’s going to fit into that competition of guys that are going to have to earn a role,” Staley said when asked about Tillery. “During this springtime and during training camp, all of those guys are going to really have to duke it out to establish themselves. Sebastian [Joseph-Day] and Austin [Johnson] are proven NFL players. Khalil Mack is a proven NFL player. Derwin James is a proven NFL player. Then, there are a bunch of guys that are trying to prove themselves, to earn their way in the league. I would put him in that category.”

The Chargers didn’t pick up Tillery’s fifth-year option, so he’s heading into the final year of his rookie contract. He may need to impress this offseason to make the roster at all.

2 responses to “Jerry Tillery not at Chargers’ OTAs, Brandon Staley says he needs to earn a role

  1. Clear bust. Telesco whiffed again. Remember when he was being praised a top flight GM 3 years ago?

    That was funny.

    If you’re going to whiff in Rd 1, you better hit elsewhere. Mack and JC Jackson who where he’s struggled on D, and their OL has sucked, too.

  2. When players make decisions like this, I always wonder if it’s their own decision, or if the agent/family/friends are just giving bad advice. It’s easy enough to speculate that he’s unhappy about the team not picking up the 5th year option, but he’s just diminishing his chances of making the team, or staying in the NFL.

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